Four Corners Alliance Group Review: Longevity7 relaunch
There is no information on the Four Corners Alliance Group website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The Four Corners Alliance Group website domain (“fourcornersalliancegroup.com”) was registered on the 1st of February 2013, however the domain registration is set to private.
Four Corners Alliance Group’s “About Us” page simply states that Four Corners Alliance Group is
a Subsidiary of Cornerstone Alliance Group LLC., a fully registered company.
A corporate address in the US state of Nevada is provided at
7260 W. Azure Dr Suite 140-606
Las Vegas, NV 8913
This same address appears on the “About Us” page for the company “Longevity7″:
Note the copy and paste effort along with mention again of Cornerstone Alliance Group.
Longevity7 is a training niche MLM company that was launched in mid 2012, paying commissions on “monthly subscriptions” ($21/$97 a month) to a newsletter and affiliate’s buying into a “Home Study Course”.
Longevity7 claim their newsletter is
focused on providing you with knowledge – and showing you exactly HOW to implement that knowledge to your greatest advantage so that you have a strong, balanced approach to accelerated wealth creation.
The Home Study Course was in six parts, ranging in cost between $30 and $3000. It was made available at a retail level, however it appears to be of little to no value to anyone not participating in the Longevity7 income opportunity as an affiliate.
Management wise Longevity7 compensation plan material states the company
is owned and managed by five business partners and, presented in no particular order, they are Jim Yarbrough, David Harrison, Nick Ames Carmel Burke Marion Herbertson.
Over at the Nevada Secretary of State website a Cornerstone Alliance LLC is indeed registered, naming Ian D. Harrison (David?) and James Yarbrough as sole company Officers:
Why this information is not disclosed on the Four Corners Alliance Group website is not known.
Curiously, in Longevity7 compensation plan material dated September 2012, Kevin Thompson is named as the company’s attorney:
On the Four Corners Alliance Group website, the company confirms their ongoing involvement with Thompson:
Who is the company Attorney?
Our legal documentation such as Independent Business Owner Agreements, Terms & Conditions, etc., have all been prepared by Kevin Thompson, one of the top five Attorneys in the MLM industry.
He has also looked at and approved this business model and will be retained to provide advice and guidance on an ongoing basis to ensure that you have a secure, strong and lasting platform.
Read on for a full review of the Four Corners Alliance Group MLM business opportunity.
The Four Corners Alliance Group Product Line
Four Corners Alliance Group don’t explicitly go into any detail about their products on their website, simply referring to them as
presented in easy, instantly downloadable format directly in your exclusive Members Only Back Office.
From down-to-earth “How To’s” which will enable the ultimate technophobes to conquer the world of gadgets and gizmos – to mindset and motivation with a unique business emphasis to help you reach your full potential and explode your income, online and off – all the way through to financial education which will turn the balance in your favor and have your money working for you – rather than you being the one who has to constantly scramble after those unruly dollars … Four Corners products will impact and elevate your lifestyle altogether.
Although not explicitly clarified, Four Corners Alliance Group’s description above sounds like an e-book library.
Simply referred to as Products 1 to 16, Four Corners Alliance Group’s products are priced between $6 and $50.
Along with the library and identical to Longevity7 is also a monthly subscription based newsletter.
Four Corner Alliance’s products and newsletter are available at a retail level, attracting a 25% surcharge on top of the wholesale price.
The Four Corners Alliance Group Compensation Plan
Four Corners Alliance Group offer affiliates retail commissions, matrix commissions and a matching bonus.
Affiliates in Four Corners Alliance Group are paid on their affiliate’s purchases via a 2×16 matrix.
A 2×16 matrix places an affiliate at the top of the matrix with two legs directly under them (level 1):
In turn, these two legs branch out into another two legs (level 2) and so on and so forth down 16 levels. Each of these legs represents a matrix position which is filled via direct or indirect recruitment of new affiliates.
For each affiliate placed in the matrix, a Four Corners Alliance Group affiliate receives a commission, depending on what level the affiliate is placed within the matrix.
- Level 1 – $9 (2 positions)
- Level 2 – $2.70 (4 positions)
- Level 3 – $3.15 (8 positions)
- Level 4 – $3.60 (16 positions)
- Level 5 – $4.05 (32 positions)
- Level 6 – $4.50 (64 positions)
- Level 7 – $5.40 (128 positions)
- Level 8 – $6.30 (256 positions)
- Level 9 – $7.20 (512 positions)
- Level 10 – $8.10 (1024 positions)
- Level 11 – $9.00 (2048 positions)
- Level 12 – $10.80 (4096 positions)
- Level 13 – $13.50 (8192 positions)
- Level 14 – $16.20 (16,384 positions)
- Level 15 -$18.90 (32,768 positions)
- Level 16 – $22.50 (65,536 positions)
Matching Matrix Commissions
For every personally recruited affiliate a Four Corners Alliance Group brings into the company, a 100% matching bonus on matrix commissions is paid to the recruiting affiliate.
The Matching Bonus is paid out on level 2 and above matrix commissions.
Newsletter commissions are paid out using the same 2×16 matrix compensation structure as above. For every newsletter subscriber a Four Corners Alliance Group affiliate has in their matrix, they earn a monthly commission on the subscription fee paid.
How much of a commission is paid out depends on what level of the matrix a newsletter subscriber falls on:
- Levels 1 to 7 – 37.5 cents per subscriber
- Levels 8 to 18 – 50 cents per subscriber
- Level 14 – 87.5 cents per subscriber
- Levels 15 and 16 – $1 per subscriber
Note that an affiliate must themselves be on a monthly newsletter subscription if they wish to earn newsletter commissions.
Joining Four Corners Alliance Group
Affiliate membership to Four Corners Alliance Group is $15. Bundled with this fee is Four Corners Alliance Group’s first product, simply referred to as “Product 1″.
With a near identical business model to Four Corners Alliance Group it’s easy to see this as the re-incarnation of Longevity7, albeit with a slightly tweaked business model.
Whilst retail is entirely possible, it is both more expensive and less financially beneficial to Four Corner Alliance affiliates than simply recruiting new affiliates into the company.
The intent behind the product purchases in Four Corners Alliance Group plays a big role in the legitimacy of business model and focus in the comp plan. Affiliates must purchase each level of product in order to earn a commission, which is also tied into the matrix levels.
Effectively commissions wise, affiliates are buying (unlocking) a matrix level to earn commissions on it when other affiliates unlock their matrices. Any products bundled as part of this are purely incidental.
I have to say at this point that I’m slightly confused on the mechanics of Four Corners Alliance Group’s matrix mechanics. It appears to be a straight up recruitment commission paying matrix but the way it’s presented appears to make it look tier based:
This doesn’t make much sense to me as it indicates a cap on the commissions an affiliate can earn when those in their downline buy into the matrix.
Eg. As above, an affiliate is only able to earn a commission on two people who buy into level 1 of the matrix (most likely affiliates they themselves recruit).
What happens to the level 1 commissions generated by any affiliates they recruit after that? The above diagram certainly confuses things.
In anycase, again I fall back on the intent behind the purchase of products. I’m going to pretty much rule out the existence of retail purely on the complete lack of focus on the product line (calling your products “1 to 16″ isn’t exactly going to inspire people to hand over nearly $400 for).
Take away the compensation plan and it must be asked whether or not affiliates would purchase the 16 levels of product. Ditto the newsletter.
I’m going to go with “no”, largely based on specific wording in Four Corners Alliance Group’s compensation plan:
Your initial joining fee of $15 includes the members’ discounted purchase price of the first of these excellent products. From then on, subsequent modules will be purchased at the special membership rates from your commissions generated in your business, meaning there are no further out of pocket expenses.
Affiliates can opt to pay the buy-in fees at each level themselves, but it’s clear the idea is to fill up your matrix and pay the level buy-in out of the commissions generated.
And this brings me to my final observation, that being that Four Corners Alliance Group very much feels like a recruitment scheme with as many “legitimate” avenue of sales attached on to it.
The orientation towards signing up as an affiliate (25% discount) and generating commissions by signing up other affiliates and having them do the same is obvious, yet the retail avenues to sell products 1 to 16 are also there.
Given the nature of how Four Corners Alliance Group is presented by the company itself I’d be surprised to learn of any significant (if any) retail activity within the company itself.
As a prospective Four Corners Affiliate this can be verified via a check of your potential upline’s retail customer to affiliate ratio. If their downline is full of affiliates that’s a good indication of a recruitment scheme in operation with attached but insignificant retail options.
Update 20th June 2014 – Following the observation of changes to Four Corners Alliance Group’s compensation plan, I’ve now put up an updated v2.0 review.